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The Disaster Science and Management program is an interdisciplinary program which provides students interested in emergency management-related careers in the public, not for profit, and private sectors with:

  • A broad understanding of the nature and impact of disasters on the natural, built and human environments;

  • A basis for establishing strategies to effectively plan for disasters, mitigate the adverse effects of disasters, respond to disasters, and recover from disasters.


GEOG 2200 Hazards, Disasters and the Environment (3)
Exploration of the interaction processes between natural/technical hazards and society that cause disasters; introduction to the natural and technological hazards and disasters; hazards and disaster management; environmental considerations and impacts.

GEOG 2210 Fundamentals of Emergency Management (3)
Introduction and overview of emergency management functions and processes in federal, state and local governments; roles of nonprofit and private organizations in disaster planning, response and recovery; critical management issues in effective response and recovery to natural and man made hazards.

GEOG 4200 Hazard Risk Reduction (3)
Exploration of advanced concepts and practices in the geography of hazard risk reduction. 

GEOG 4046 Web GIS (3)
Visualizing, analyzing, and distributing spatial data via web technologies. Emphasis placed on how the technologies of web servers, geographic information system software, and database management systems interact to make map-enabled websites possible.

GEOG 4047 Geographic Information Systems (3)
Geographic information systems used in land resource management and planning; data structures and algorithms for automated retrieval and analysis of spatial data; structuring cartographic data into spatial data; integration of remotely sensed data into geographic information systems.

GEOG 4044 Computer Cartography (3)
No programming knowledge necessary. Introduction to selected mapping packages.

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